Jerk?!?!? I was thinking of a more appropriate term for him...
What you say makes a lot of sense. I guess I was just caught up in the moment.
I was actually the first person to kindly great the gentleman as he got out of his truck.
I had just rolled up my kite and was walking up to the parking lot. By the way, what an awesome afternoon. I almost didn't go, but was greeted by some decent swell and good winds. It was a little gusty at first, but steadied out about 5PM. I rode until 6:00PM when I slammed my kite hard onto the water tearing two big holes in it. Thanks for the tow in Eddy.
Anyway... back to this guy. I was walking up to my car. Eddy's truck was there with mine, but now there was another small white car. As I got closer, I saw 4 teenagers in the car with the music blasting passing around a doobie. They smiled and laughed. I just shook my head. As I took of my wetsuit, the ranger pulls up. Of course the kids panic and take off. He comes up to me and says, "You finished, anyone else going out". He seemed interested. I eagerly said yeah, I think one guy is getting ready to go out. If you hurry you should be able to see him take of.
He quickly hurried down to the shore. A few minutes later Eddy comes up shaking his head. I asked what was up. He told me the guy says we are not allowed to be doing whatever it was we were doing.
When the gentleman got back up to the cars, I asked what was up. He told me the same thing. We argued for about 20minutes before Eddy told me the gentleman had a gun and I had better leave. Good advice Eddy, cause I was saying things I regret now. Here is what made me so mad:
1. He totally overlooked the pot smoking teenagers in clear view because he was Sooooooo anxious to shut us down.
2. He deceived me into thinking he was excited/interested about our sport and used my information to go 'shut down' the new guy.
3. He had the attitude like, "If I'm out working not having fun on a Friday afternoon, nobody else should either"
4. He was not using common sense when explaining the rules of the 'wildlife refuge to us'.
5. He was totally uninterested in our input.
6. Then the whole irony of it bothered me. Wildlife Refuge. It's ok to tear around in a f***ing speedboat spilling gas and oil all over the lake, but it's not ok to sail a wakeboard around. By the way, we were the only people on the lake.
Enough said. Great day. I agree that we are not going to get approval by talking with the 'Jerk'. We need to get together and take the issue to this guys 'uninformed boss'.
From: Jason Brickner [mailto: jasonbrickner@... ]
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 10:26 AM
To: 'Jim Tighe'; BoiseSailors@...; email@example.com
Subject: RE: [BSA] Lake Lowell
He mentioned nothing about the restrooms while I was there. This could explain his disposition. Still, no excuse.
From: BoiseSailors@... [mailto:BoiseSailors@...] On Behalf Of Jim Tighe
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2006 9:54 AM
Subject: [BSA] Lake Lowell
Dear sailors and kiters;
Before anyone or everyone gets in a thither about this run in with the Law at Lake Lowell . Slow down and lets approach this as we did the lucky Peak situation last spring. If everyone calls and writes the Park rangers will once again not know who to deal with, while getting many virgins of the story and some one will upset the wrong person. One voice representing the sailors and one for the Kiters or just one voice might be a better tact. We already have a known group that is a positive force with the Army Corp of Engineers. Lets build on this.
FYI; I had talked to a fisher woman just before setting sail Friday afternoon. She told me that the ranger had warned her he was closing the gate to the area because some one had vandalized the restrooms. He appeared to be quite angry about it she said. He told her she had very little time to fish before he was closing. She looked at me like I was crazy when I just shrugged my shoulders and said “then I’ll be locked in while I’m sailing” and jumped in the water. He never materialized while I was there.
Apparently he came back and was still upset about the bathrooms and took it out on the ones still present.
James R. Tighe (Jim)
Gem State Gymnastics Academy / Tighe Gym Sales
5420 W. State St .
Boise, Idaho 83703
208-853-3220 gym; 208-859-1397 cell; 208-853-9021 FAX
888-858-3220 hm office
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